The Detroit Lions designated defensive end Ziggy Ansah as their franchise player Tuesday.

Ansah, a first-round draft pick in 2013, has 44 sacks in five years with Detroit, including 12 this past season.

Ansah hasn’t played a full 16 games since the 2015 season, but while his health has been an issue, he can still be an elite pass rusher. He had three sacks in a game three times last season, against the Giants, Bengals and Packers.

The franchise tag buys the Lions and Ansah until mid-July to reach agreement on a long-term contract. Otherwise, he’ll play on a one-year deal and make the average of the top five players at his position in 2018.

Eagles punter retires

Philadelphia Eagles punter Donnie Jones has retired after 14 seasons in the NFL.

Jones played for Seattle, Miami, St. Louis and Houston before joining Philadelphia in 2013 and winning a Super Bowl this year.

He set the record for most regular-season games played by an Eagles punter (80). He finishes his career with the third-longest consecutive-games-played streak (208) behind only Texans punter Shane Lechler (254) and Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (235).

Vontae Davis signed

The Buffalo Bills got a head start on a major positional need before free agency begins by agreeing to terms with veteran cornerback Vontae Davis on a one-year contract.

Davis, 29, spent the past five seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. A two-time Pro Bowler, Davis was released by the Colts in November after suffering a setback with a groin injury and electing to have surgery.

49ers keep Gilliam

The San Francisco 49ers signed offensive lineman Garry Gilliam to a two-year contract extension.

The deal keeps Gilliam off the free-agent market next month and under contract through 2019. Gilliam joined San Francisco last offseason as a free agent and played in the first eight games before suffering a knee injury.

Papa John’s bows out

Papa John’s is ending its recently stormy role as an official sponsor of the NFL.

Officials at the pizza chain said the two sides agreed to end the relationship, which became strained last year when its founder John Schnatter criticized NFL leaders over national anthem protests by players.

Panthers cut two

The Carolina Panthers released safety Kurt Coleman and defensive end Charles Johnson, saving the team $6 million in salary cap space.

Coleman, 29, played the past three seasons with the Panthers. Johnson, 31, spent 11 seasons with the Panthers after Carolina selected him in the third round of the 2007 draft.

Childress to aid Bears

The Chicago Bears hired former Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress as an offensive consultant.

Childress coached the Vikings from 2006-10 and worked alongside new coach Matt Nagy as a member of Andy Reid’s staff in Kansas City from 2013-17. Childress announced his retirement after the season, but now he’s back with Nagy.